Well, not sure how everyone else found that - but I found it a long, tough old day... Over an hour slower than last year, managed to get lost a couple of times and just found the relentless mud really energy-sapping.
still, a great event - good checkpoints, though I think an extra one to break up the big distances to CP3 and CP4 would be a good idea.
Sounds really sensible - I prefer a 25:5 minute ratio on flattish courses, otherwise it's all effort based depending on the terrain - i.e, walk the ups, run the downs and jog the flats.
120 is low, I train using the Maffetone 180-age+5 which gives me a training max of 142 - but, if you're happy at that level then good news, you should be firmly in the aerobic zone at that level
one thing I found from doing lots of this sort of training last year was that I found it REALLY hard to run for an extended period as I was so used to taking walk breaks! So, this year I'm trying to run for long, extended periods at a low HR, (sub 142 for me)
you you also might want to look at nutrition a bit, eating smaller, more often - look for 300-ish calories an hour. I find 100 cals every 20 minutes easier than one block of 300 an hour! Drip-feed it in, you should be able to digest food at the pace/effort you are running
Hope you all had a good day, a mixed bag of weather and terrain - impossible to have perfect clothing/shoes - I was glad of trail shoes, though wondering for the first 12 miles
kudos to Go Beyond for keeping the race on in the face of adversity, not sure I'll enter next year though, unfortunately I feel the TP I a becoming an unviable option and there is other stuff around, e.g Peddars Way / Pilgrims.